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This book is for slightly more advanced artists than Andrew Loomis' other books, so I would recommend reading those first or taking some basic. Art of Basic Drawing book. Read 2 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This compilation of some of our most popular How to Draw and Pa. And that's where we come in. Whether you're just starting out or you're a long- time artist, this list of the best drawing books will help you.
These three books represent a collection of I believe balanced and practical approaches to learning to draw that will benefit anyone. Is there a book you love that you think I should have included? One that holds a special place in your heart, and helped you make real progress that you can see in your work? Join over 10, other artists and get free updates. I'm a mostly self-taught artist. I paint realism in oils, mostly still life. I share my work, my evolving process and what knowledge I've gained on my own learning journey here, in the hope that it might help you along on yours.
I laughed when I read your post because you just fished inside my brain to write it, clearly — as opposed to it being funny!
I used to work in a book shop and got really good at looking at art instruction books, then putting them back on the shelf.. I deduced that they were printed to make money out of the unsuspecting novice, and not to actually instruct anyone, and promptly banned my students from downloading anything. I love all three books that you have listed and certainly learned to think and to see differently and begin-to-understand, differently, because of them.
They were all written a loooong time ago… My runner up would be Colour and Light by James Gurney — another interesting book, guiding and instructing on seeing as opposed to techniques.
Julie xx. Later sections of the book contain really useful tips about perspective, composition and a little bit about value. A Tool for Learning. There are hundreds of step-by-step exercises, all written in a positive and encouraging tone that makes you want to keep trying.
I started using this book as a rank beginner, and after thirty years, I still return to it book and find new ideas and challenges. A classic book for those who want to learn to see and draw the natural world. Many thanks to you. I am very interesting to know the most important books and you now help very much.
I am study draw at home and I follow it is possible this books! Best regards. It was the exercises from that book that really helped me to look closely at color and see how colors effect each other.
You also get exercises to do from the book. Great list, Paul. Thanks for doing this, and hopefully saving us all some time and money. I know that you have previously mentioned it somewhere on your website — or maybe in the recent webinar?? Both of those authors cite Nicolaides as the teacher who first introduced contour drawing. This book was also the first where I encountered the concept of gesture drawing. I worked with the Nicolaides book for a long time when I was just getting started and it was really helpful.
His directions for each exercise that he introduces are great and he has schedules in the book that tell you which exercises to practice and for how long.
He has lots of good insights about the drawing process as well. This book was really important for me as a beginner, and continues to be one that I return to frequently. I remember posting this quote from the book near my drawing area: All the books you advised are outstanding, esp. Drawing on the Right Side, so long as one takes the time to actually perform the exercises.
I was absolutely amazed at my progress with that book. Astonishing results! Hello Paul, Good idea this post. About figure drawing, there is this great advanced and detailed book: Richard G. Thanks for all your work. Thanks to you I have both the Speed and the Dow but have failed you by not working continuously through them.
Must improve! I have found Bridgemans Complete guide to Drawing from Life useful as a source to copy from and to understand anatomy better.
Thought provoking and timely as a reminder that I must return to the Speed and Dow this winter. Thanks Paul x.
Thank you for the great explanations of what to expect from each book and for keeping the list narrow. This is an excellent resource. Great post as always. I can only suggest one book for the list.
Its a great book for artistic motivation. Oh yes Paul, I have all of them and some.
On my site I have all 3 books by Juliette Aristides. They are all very valuable in their own way. I use all of these books at different times. We all have our unique way of learning and to find what is right for us we have to investigate.
However, the bottom line is practice…. Love being able to download free books that are over years old. Dorian just had a webinar on his new course on Mastering light and Form.
Here is the link for replay: I am also very familiar with James Gurney, thank you for the link I had missed that one. Thank you for being such an inspiration Paul. Hi there, I am fairly new to your site and am learning and enjoying it tremendously. Your post reminded me how it is time to go through my art books and cull, trade, sell most of them!
What you said is all too true. Some of the books were given to me or I bought in the beginning years. I have all four of the books you listed and have dipped into them over and over again. It has the properties you mentioned in your post.
All your posts are so inspiring. This exercise gives immediadte result and is so meditative. Thanks so much for publishing these links, Paul!. I have Googled the Bargue plates and have found some few posted here and there to work from until such time I can afford to download the actual book.
I, too, have become very selective in choosing whether or not to download art books. To me, too many of them seem to rehash information I already have in other books. I have had loads of fun with some of the exercises in that book and have recommended both to people as well.
These are all worthwhile as well. The two books that taught me how to see and how to develop a logical approach to drawing when the goal is accuracy and relative speed are:. Drawing in the Digital Age: Angle-based methodology based on simple math. Basic Drawing: New ways to see and draw by Raphael Ellender. He presents very clearly and precisely his approach to drawing from where you look when drawing a straight line, to perspective and gestural lines in life drawing.
A real gem! Hi Paul, what a terrific blog post! Speed, Loomis- yes! I would like to add here how much I like the Famous Artists 3-Volume set that you often find on site. Always love posts about books, and this one features two of my favorite ones.
Thank you for sharing! Great opportunity to re-read and refresh our knowledge. While Dow is a great resource, to me it is hampered by low quality scans but even more by the fact that is a rather complicated text. As a pedagogic tool, it really would benefit from being broken down into smaller pieces and having excercises set out more clearly. Loomis books may have their faults, but since I have nothing to compare to and not having the master drawers expert eyes and hindsight knowledge, I really like the Titan reprints.
They make me want to pick up the pen. I bought a copy of the Harold Speed book, but it was such bad print quality that I had to throw it away. I went back to the pdf I already had, and printed it. Quite a wordy fellow by the way, but at an intermediate level I think it could be useful to me. The Charles Bargue stuff — it is like a bunch of dry oatmeals that I have to eat … it is probably healthy and nutritious, but by Jove… it will kill me.
And as Paul has hinted at earlier in his postings, the reproduction of a plate is not without its issues. What I really need I think, is a mix of Dow and Loomis, for me today. The big challenge is to start out on the journey without falling prey to pessimism because it seems such a long haul to even being halfways good.
I own the Bargue book, and totally agree. The should have printed the plates to the correct size, otherwise what is the point. Just my opinion.. It contains the very basic concept we tend to forget when starting portait and figure drawing. Great post as always, Paul. Solomon is another precious classic. The Bargue book has been on my to-order list for a while now.
You show it at any school and be offered admission. Drawing realistic textures in pencil by jd hillberry here is where you learn to take value and tone to the next level. He teaches you what tools to use to get various effects. Sad but true.
The 11 best drawing books
And in a few cases, they were worse than useless, either because the information in them was just plain wrong, or because they directed me down unproductive paths and wasted my time with fripperies instead of concentrating on drawing fundamentals. The books on this list are outrageously useful, in my opinion. I recommend them without reserve. And worth working through in its entirety multiple times.
My 3 Best Art Instruction Books 1. I suspect that many of the people who own this book have read it without actually doing the drawing exercises it describes. The language might be difficult for some people. Speed was English, and wrote this book at the turn of the last century. All work is a product of its time to an extent, and there are some passages that are a little embarrassing to read, and some ideas that no longer carry much weight.
Best of all, you can download it for free. They start here. The Bargue book Although this book has a lengthier and weightier title, everyone I know just calls it the Bargue Book. This book will teach you a method that will help you learn to see.
It will teach you focus, and patience. Look closely at the way the hatching has been done, how the values are created, the subtlety of the marks, and try to match all of those as closely as you can. It will be very hard. It will teach you an incredible amount about drawing. To get a huge amount of benefit from this book, you just have to copy a few of them. Then watch what happens the next time you try to draw something from life. If you want to improve your composition skills, this book is the one.
It is filled with practical exercises.
Best Drawing Instruction Books for Beginners for 2019
It is very short on theory and justification. There is zero author ego.Just my thoughts. Resources Books Disclosure: Drawing Essentials by Deborah A. I have the Bargue book excellent and couple of books by Juliette Aristides. First Name. These are all worthwhile as well. New ways to see and draw by Raphael Ellender. Learning to draw the figure is arduous and honestly annoying at first.